Double vaccination stories today, folks! Also, if you’re registered to vote in NYC, you might want to check out our Happening in NYC bwogline.
Happening in the World: After 32 years and almost $700 million dollars, the first proven malaria vaccination has been started to be given. Health Workers in Malawi have begun vaccinating children under two years old using the RTS,S vaccination. Though, it is not without controversy, as trials have shown it to be 40% effective (in comparison most other childhood vaccines are well over 90%). This stems from the difficulty in targeting the parasite, as it changes shape while in the body, thus making it hard for attacking proteins to recognize it. Soon, Ghana and Kenya will join the pilot program and begin giving out the vaccinations. (Nature)
Happening in the US: After a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County, California, over 700 students and faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University have been quarantined. People who were potentially exposed were either contacted or came by their own volition to confirm whether they did or did not contract measles. Los Angeles has been the most recent large metropolitan area to be hit by the measles outbreak, as part of a national surge in cases. (NY Times)
Happening in NYC: New York’s Board of Elections recently posted the data of the 4.6 million active registered voters, including their name, party affiliation, and address. The city says that the data has always been public knowledge, but many groups have raised alarms over privacy concerns as they could play into the hands of mail scammers, internet trolls, and domestic violence perpetrators. Gov. Cuomo has criticized the action as his office emphasized the need for digital privacy. (NY Times)
Happening on Campus: This Monday, from 2 pm to 4 pm in Hamilton 420, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies, Dr. Lani Teves will be giving a lecture on how Hawaiian performance beyond the tourist gaze to theorize how Hawaiians recuperate aloha as a practice of insurgent worldmaking. The talk is titled “Aloha In Drag: Queer Indigenous Possibilities at the Edge of the US Empire.” (Columbia Events)
Documentary of the Week: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, season 2. Go watch it, it’s on Netflix and it’s amazing. It’s only 7 episodes that are around 30 minutes each so you can binge watch it in no time
UCLA in a pretty picture via Wikimedia Commons